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USN 902816 The Battle of Lake Champlain in Plattsburg Bay, September 1814

The Battle of Lake Champlain in Plattsburg Bay, September 1814
Title: The Battle of Lake Champlain in Plattsburg Bay, September 1814
Caption: On 11 September 1814, the American squadron, the 26-gun USS SARATOGA, Commodore Thomas Macdonough, the 20-gun brig USS EAGLE, Captain Robert Henley, the 17-gun schooner USS TICONDEROGA, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Cassin, the 7-gun sloop USS PREBLE, Lieutenant Charles Hicks and 10 boats, were attacked when lying off Plattsburg by a British squadron, the 37-gun HMS CONFIANCE, Captain George Downie, the 16-gun brig HMS LINNET, Captain Daniel Pring, the 11-gun cutter CHUBB, Lieutenant James McGhee, the 8-gun cutter FINCH, Lieutenant William Finch and 10 gunboats. Having had two anchors shot away CONFIANCE brought up abreast instead of athwart hawse of SARATOGA. After a fierce combat, SARATOGA, who had suffered severely from CONFIANCE's heavy broadsides, swung around to bring her port battery into action. CONFIANCE, in endeavoring to do the same, hung with her stern towards SARATOGA and was so heavily raked that she was compelled to surrender. Captain Downie was killed, LINNET being exposed to SARATOGA's fire, struck her colors. FINCH had surrendered, CHUBB was captured, and the battle ended.
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Catalog #: USN 902816
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Original Creator: Artist, Warren (attributed)
After this Year: 1812
Before this Year: 1815
Original Medium: Watercolor Painting, BW Photo
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